Limit Hold’em Poker

Limit Texas Hold'em PokerIn order to understand the strategies of Limit Hold’em, it is important to point out the differences between Limit Hold’em and no limit Texas Holdem. The game of no limit Texas Hold’em is an incredibly popular version of the Texas Hold’em game, with many limit Hold’em players migrating to this high-risk variant to see what it has to offer. How does the strategy between the two games compare?

Limit Hold’em Rules

The limit Texas Hold’em game uses a fixed betting system, where players are only allowed to bet and raise a fixed amount on each round. There is also a cap on how much two players can raise one another, which restricts the amount of money that can be placed into the pot on the flop, turn, and river.

No limit Texas Hold’em essentially follows the same set of rules as the limit version. For example, the hand rankings are the same, each player is dealt two cards, 5 community cards are dealt and so on. However, the only difference between the two games is the betting structure (as you might have been able to guess).

In no limit Texas Hold’em, players are freely able to bet as much money as they have in front of them at any point in the hand. As long as a player is betting above the size of the big blind or above the size of another player’s raise, they are free to bet as much as they like. Furthermore, there is no restriction on how many times players can raise and re-raise one another, although this is dependent on the house rules of the venue.

Limit Hold’em Strategy

One significant difference between Limit Hold’em and no limit Texas Hold’em is that drawing hands are far less likely to be worth chasing after in no limit Hold’em. In the limit game, the small size of the bets means that players are regularly given the right odds to chase after drawing hands across the flop and the turn. However in no limit, larger bets can mean that chasing after a draw will cost you more money than you will win in the long run, as the amount you have to call will not give you good enough odds to play on.

In no limit Texas Hold’em, the rules will appear to be pretty wild, and the games sound as though they are suffering from a severe lack of law and order. However, if you actually play the game you will find that it is not as crazy as you might expect. This is due to the fact that good no limit strategy involves careful bet sizing, and so any overly large bets are not going to do players any favours if they intend on winning money.

Additional Strategies for Limit Hold’em

  • More decisions are made purely on the mathematics of the situation in limit, whereas more emphasis is placed on your position in no limit Texas Hold’em. This does not mean that neither variant only values on aspect of the game, but simply that factors such as position and pot odds are relied on more so in one game than another.
  • Due to the fact that the bet sizing is restricted in limit Hold’em, more emphasis is going to be placed on making the right move based on the mathematics of the situation, as this is going to give you the biggest edge. The ability to decide whether to check, call, bet raise or fold is largely dependent on a few mathematical factors.
  • In no limit Texas Hold’em however, the varying size of bets means that acting after your opponent gives you a big advantage in a hand, which is why you should aim to play far more hands in late position than you should in early position. A good decision is predominately made by having a good read on your opponent, and so by acting last you will have more information on your opponent’s strength in the hand.

Limit Hold’em Bankroll

The difference in betting structures between limit Holdem and NLHE will naturally have an effect on the size of your bankroll and the variance experienced in both games. As you might expect, the fixed limit Hold’em game produces less variance than its no limit counterpart, and so the bankroll required to safely play this game is far lower in relation to the size of the blinds than that of no limit.

  • The general rule for limit Texas Hold’em is to have 300 big blinds to safely play the game. In no limit however, the recommended bankroll for any stakes game is 20 full buy-ins. There are typically 100 big blinds in one buy in, so this roughly translates as having a recommended bankroll of 2,000 big blinds, which is around 7 times the size of the recommended bankroll for limit Texas Hold’em.

Conclusion on Limit Texas Hold’em

The game of limit Texas Hold’em is most suited to the poker player with the mathematical mind that likes to work with a set of logical rules when making decisions at the poker table. The game is not as fast and can be a bit of a grind, but the low variance means that it can be consistently rewarding with less variance (and less frustration!).

No limit on the other hand is a faster game that relies on a player’s knowledge of their opponent when attempting to make the best play possible. The variance is much higher when compared to limit Hold’em, which can be quite disheartening when you play solid poker but still end up losing money.